Wife: Charges Against Accused Afghan Shooter Unbelievable

The wife of the soldier accused of killing civilians in Afghanistan has spoken out about her husband.


The wife of the soldier accused of killing civilians in Afghanistan has spoken out about her husband.

Karilyn Bales says her husband, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, felt drawn to the Army after 9/11 by a sense of duty to protect his family, friends and country. She says he just wanted to do his part.

Karilyn says the accusations her husband faces are unbelievable.

"He loves children, he's like a big kid himself," she said. "I have no idea what happened, but he would not...he loves children, and he would not do that."

She says she has spoken with her husband twice since his detainment, reaffirming their love for each other in the conversations.

Bales has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, six counts of attempted murder, and six counts of aggravated assault and other violations of military law. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

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  • by Another Punk Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 26, 2012 at 02:44 PM
    @ Dilbert, I agree, That Loser who killed all those people at Hood is not exactly getting a speedy trial and that Wikileaks punk ought to be executed as well. I do however think Murder is Murder- no matter what. Maybe the system failed him over his TBI but he was sane enough to plan the killings, he's sane enough to go to trial. I am a bit irritated our tax dollars are paying 50k per victim, that's a lot of money over there and 90% will wind up in Taliban hands.
  • by army spouse on Mar 26, 2012 at 10:13 AM
    What else is a military wife going to say?? It's her paycheck and pension on the line too!
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      by Duh on Mar 26, 2012 at 10:40 AM in reply to army spouse
      His paycheck and pension has no bearing on her comment supporting him. I think that right now, that is the farthest thing from her mind. She is PROBABLY thinking of how this will affect her small children and how to keep themselves safe, and just how to get through one day to the next.
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        by military member on Mar 26, 2012 at 10:55 AM in reply to Duh
        Duh? Any military spouse knows that military couples are a team, the active duty spouse is entitled to many military benefits, as well as retirement down the road. The military family is indeed a unit. Military spouses know that trouble affects both partners and threatens their military lifestyle, so the smart spouse defends and rallies support! Duh.
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          by Another Military Spouse on Mar 28, 2012 at 07:59 AM in reply to military member
          Military Member, I don't think Duh was disagreeing with you. He or she was just saying that the wife was probably more concerned about her families safety than what the future benefits are. As a military wife, I support my husband and know what war can do to them. If I were in her situation, my thoughts would be on what was going on now. I wouldn't be motivated by benefits. This guy sounded like he snapped. PTSD is real and has major affects on our soldiers and anyone involved with the military knows that.
  • by American Citizen Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 26, 2012 at 10:09 AM
    I'm sure there are many more facts forthcoming and perhaps a few facts that can be disproved......however, the scales of justice seem to be tipped... Let me get this straight…After reading the headlines about the US soldier who shot up Afghanistan civilians, I couldn't help noticing an irony. There is all this clamor to try this guy quickly and execute him, never mind his having suffered a traumatic brain injury. Yet this Major Hasan, who shot up Fort Hood while screaming "Allah Akbar", still hasn’t stood trial, and they are still debating whether he was insane, even with the clear evidence regarding his motive: slay as many infidels as possible. So we have a guy in a war zone who cracks, and he must be executed immediately. But this Muslim psychiatrist who was stateside in a nice safe office all day murders 13, wounds 29 of our own guys, and they try to argue the poor lad suffered post-traumatic stress syndrome, from listening to real soldiers who had actual battle experience. Two and a half years later, they still haven’t tried the murderer!
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      by Logic Al on Mar 26, 2012 at 10:25 AM in reply to American Citizen
      Excellent Point. There has long been a double standard in this area. It's nice to see others are noticing it as well.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 26, 2012 at 10:44 AM in reply to American Citizen
      Well said! Absolutely nothing makes sense anymore.
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      by Dilbert on Mar 26, 2012 at 01:22 PM in reply to American Citizen
      But he is a follower of the prophet- a peace loving person [gag wretch hurl]. It is a double standard. Hassan- a traitor who murdered fellow soldiers in his own holy war- where's the death penalty. Private wikileaks; another traitor who from day one in the military was told that releasing any classified to the wrong people was absolutely fordidden and punishable as treason with penalties up to death- still no pursuit of the death penalty. Now Bales; a guy with recorded TBI (because unlike the other two, he wore the uniform IN HARM'S WAY), and within days he has been sold out by the administration.
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      by DanReeves on Mar 28, 2012 at 09:19 AM in reply to American Citizen
      Dude! You're my hero. I get called a racist biggot crazy bible thumper usually when I stick up for the home team. Nice to see other like minded people out there. Than you for your comment...
  • by Dilbert Location: CS on Mar 26, 2012 at 10:00 AM
    Journalism is in the porta-john. Does anyone think this guy's wife would jump up and say"Yep- I knew he'd go off someday."? Why interview someone who can add no facts to the case? As it is, even in the shrinks say he is as crazy as rat dookie at the planters factory, the administration will still burn him at the stake to apologize. Thay already paid out 50k for each fatality.
  • by JC Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 26, 2012 at 09:33 AM
    No matter who you are, those who truly follow Christ are NEVER pro war, pro vengence, or pro murder. You can't claim to know Him if you're for these things.
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      by Hmm on Mar 26, 2012 at 10:30 AM in reply to JC
      On the contrary, the bible very clearly defines situations of war (Read Kings) and does not take a stance against war as it is a part of existence. It does condemn vengence and murder, however it does not define deaths as a direct result of war as murder. I got to sit in on a theology lesson about this subject matter and your claim that if you follow Christ you are never pro war was not the consensus there.
  • by Patriot Location: Colroado Springs on Mar 26, 2012 at 09:11 AM
    By the way, while I supported the U.S.'s war effort in th eMiddle East, I say pull them out since the President is worse for our troops than the enemy themselves.
  • by DanReeves Location: The Further on Mar 26, 2012 at 09:00 AM
    @ Eye For Eye -- You're a jerk. Although this guy might be a murder you don't know what happened or what he's been through. The story is pretty vague. How can you hate his wife for standing by him? Even if he gets the death penalty she wiil probably still stand by her husband. That's what people do when they love eachother. Again -- You're a jerk...!
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      by Tim Tebow on Mar 26, 2012 at 09:44 AM in reply to DanReeves
      His wife is very typical of military wives. White, obese , uneducated, sits at home and does nothing. No wonder she cant understand that her husband just gunned down innocent civilians for no good reason. I think we should just turn him over to the taliban to be hanged and skinned alive
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        by Not So Typical on Mar 26, 2012 at 10:35 AM in reply to Tim Tebow
        I love how people who have little involvement with military wives make the assumption of what military wives do. As a former military wife I was highly involved in the millitary community as a volunteer, worked full-time, continued my education, and rarely had the luxury of sitting around doing nothing. As a military wife I also know that people who have not had their soldier go through multiple deployments, traumatic head injuries, seen and relived things you could only wish you never have to see are often the people who typically make assinine comments about the wife not understanding when it's very obvious that they, themselves are clueless to the effects these things have on a soldier.
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          by Tim Tebow on Mar 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM in reply to Not So Typical
          I noticed you said nothing about being obese and uneducated
  • by Patriot Location: Colorado SPrings on Mar 26, 2012 at 08:57 AM
    While I feel sorry for the victims in the shooting, I also can understand why it happened. The President has failed both our country and teh troops by his terrible policies that he has in place in Afghanistan. It is clear that he does not support the cause or even worse he does not support our troops. Ever since he took office there has been problems in moral and leadership in the Middle East as a whole. Sgt. Bales and other troops have witnessed horrific tragedies to our troops and his commrades, only to see the Afghan people rebel againsst us. Honestly I feel mopre sorry for the troops and Bales' family then the "pigs" in Afghanistan. My best wishes to theBales family and his ability to "get off the hook" on this.
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      by Wait... on Mar 26, 2012 at 11:35 AM in reply to Patriot
      Hold on...it's the Presidents fault this dude murdered women and children? That makes a lot of sense...
  • by DanReeves Location: The Further on Mar 26, 2012 at 08:56 AM
    This whole story seems weird to me. Something's not right. This guy just seems like a patsy...
  • by Eye For Eye on Mar 26, 2012 at 08:54 AM
    Someone needs to put a loaded gun to the head of this guys wife, pull the trigger, then claim he did not do it, too. YOUR HUSBAND is a cowardly killer of women and children, LADY! Step off the earth, please.
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      by Hmm on Mar 26, 2012 at 10:37 AM in reply to Eye For Eye
      The wife did nothing wrong, yet you want her to be shot in the head. Standing behind your spouse, even if it's unfounded, does not warrant being put to death. What crime has she committed? Get a clue.
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